I and my husband, parents, and father-in-law are all U.S. military veterans. We all took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are precious gifts bequeathed to us in the First Amendment.
Those who protest the NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, calling them unpatriotic and an affront to the country, are themselves unpatriotic and an affront to the country. Where is their outrage when: 1) flags fly over businesses that are ragged or faded; 2) the American flag is on a pickup, next to the Mississippi or Confederate battle flag, at the same height; 3) people dispose of American flags with the garbage? These are all violations of flag etiquette, so why aren’t these acts vigorously protested?
We are still a nation that honors freedom of speech and freedom of the press although that freedom is being eroded every day by hypocrites who only want free speech when it espouses what they believe and how they think we should all behave. These people honor exclusion, divisiveness, and hate, which are anathemas to those of us who want the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.
Whether they are in the tunnel or out of the tunnel or standing with their hands over their hearts or kneeling, to me, the NFL players are honoring the Constitution, the flag, and our nation when they exercise their rights under the First Amendment.